For the last 10 years, a family of endangered red-shouldered hawks has nested in Allendale and nearby Ramsey. To chronicle their struggles and triumphs, photographer Jerry Barrack and I have created “Survival: The Red-shouldered Hawks of Allendale, N.J."
Jerry was the principal photographer, and we also have great shots by Kevin Watson, Kumar Patel, Barbara Dilger, Bob and Lisa Safier, and Ken Wiegand.
I did most of the writing, with additional chapters by John Workman (on the Red-shoulders' courting display) and Ken Wiegand (on what it's like to host a Red-shoulder nest). Len Soucy of The Raptor Trust wrote the Foreword.
The book also features a locator map with the hawk’s nesting sites from 2002 to 2011, an interview with Celery Farm Warden Emeritus Stiles Thomas, who has followed the hawks’ triumphs and tragedies for the past decade, and some nifty surprises.
A signed, limited edition of the 72-page book, filled with great photos of these hawks over the past decade, will be on sale at Rohsler’s Nursery in Allendale (201-327-3156), Wild Birds Unlimited in Paramus (201-599-0099) and Wild Bird Emporium in Midland Park (201-444-1043). The hard-cover version will sell for approximately $38, and the soft-cover will sell for approximately $28.
The book should be available in early December. You must reserve your copy/copies by calling one of these stores so Wright and Barrack can determine the size of the press run by Nov. 17. They are selling the book – a labor of love – at cost.
Other books by Wright and Barrack include “In the Presence of Nature” (the coffee-table book about the Celery Farm) and “Duck Enough to Fly.” They are available at Rohsler’s, Wild Birds Unlimited and Wild Bird Emporium as well.
The red-shouldered hawks have nested on Iroquois Ave., Arlton Ave., Harreton Road, Franklin Turnpike and Grey Ave. in Allendale and Buckingham Drive in Ramsey.